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Dr. Jan Carney: FDA Needs to Regulate E-Cigarettes

by Tina Z. on Monday, November 4, 2013

Vermont’s Attorney general joined more than 40 others recently to urge the Food and Drug Administration to take action soon to regulate e-cigarettes.

Dr. Carney, a member of the American Heart Association’s Vermont Board and Associate Dean for Public Health at UVM’s Medical School thinks that’s a good idea.  She told Fox 44 that the use of the devices by high school students doubled in just one year.

Dr. Carney is concerned that there’s a misconception that the devices are a safer alternative to cigarettes. There is currently no regulation of the devices by the FDA even though e-cigs contain carcinogens and nicotine, a very addictive chemical that may harm brain development in kids.

She and the AHA would like the devices regulated soon because the devices have a wide appeal that could also normalize smoking and move more kids to smoke. 

Watch the whole interview here.

Vermont currently bans the sale of e-cigs to kids. The AHA is working with the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Vermont to also ban the use of e-cigs in Vermont daycares.

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